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Moving to Switzerland and need advice!

Hello everyone! I'm an American guy that is moving to Switzerland with my German girlfriend. She has a job in Zurich...I don't. I will be looking for advice but i know this is just the intro forum, so I'll ask in the appropriate places. Thanks
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Hello everyone! I'm an American guy that is moving to Switzerland with my German girlfriend. She has a job in Zurich...I don't. I will be looking for advice but i know this is just the intro forum, so I'll ask in the appropriate places. Thanks
Best to check the forum part on permits first and come back if you have further questions
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Re: Moving to Switzerland and need advice!

I doubt you can move to Zurich to your girlfriend..

A visit? yes

Moving? Not without a permit..

Marry her.. or find a job here.. not sure what will be harder for you..
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Re: Moving to Switzerland and need advice!

Welcome to the forum, but sorry it's not just a case of you want to move here with your girlfriend. You need to find a job here, which could be difficult, or either marry her or she applies for a concubine permit for you for which she would have to agree to be financially responsible for you for 5 years. There's no other way you could stay here permanently.

https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home...zulassung.html

Here's Vaud canton's info on the concubine permit:

http://www.vd.ch/themes/vie-privee/p...s-du-concubin/

Not all cantons seem to offer this so she'd have to check whether it would be possible with Zurich canton.

The other problems you're going to face yourself is that US citizens have an obligation under US law to continue to file US tax returns no matter where they live in the world and you could owe the US tax on top of Swiss ones. It will also be difficult to get a bank account here as you will need to sign a W-9 form to allow the bank to send the account into on to the IRS. If any foreign account or accounts comes to more than the aggregate figure of $10,000 at any time of the year it has to be reported on an FBAR form. If you hold a joint account with your gf then she would also have to sign a W-9 and do FBAR forms.

https://www.irs.gov/individuals/inte...-aliens-abroad

https://www.irs.gov/businesses/corpo...ance-act-fatca

On top of all this you would also need to apply for a Type D visa at the Swiss embassy/consulate which covers your area of the US so you can enter Switzerland for more than 90 days. Only if you have a pre-approved permit from either a job, marriage or the concubine option will a Type D visa be issued to you.
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